Ruby Slippers & a Lilo for our Stitch

It has been a week of blessings for the Love family ♥

After Emily cleared her third round of Methotrexate even FASTER than her previous two, she was set to be released from the hospital early Monday morning. She stayed a little longer in order to get adequate fluids to help prevent side-effects but was home in time to greet her siblings back from their weekend visiting their cousins.

The Howell and Love children had a FUN weekend!

During her hospital stay, Emily got some one-on-one time with one of her favorite nurses, Nicole, a fellow home-schooler who always has a smile for Emily, a word of support for the family, and a story of encouragement to uplift.

‘Ohana’ means family and Emily’s nurses are a part of hers

She also had visits from Grandma and Papa Love and her cousin, James, who brought a very special gift for Emily. A pair of glitter red Toms, in the size Emily will wear when her 2 1/2 years of treatment are at an end. On the sole of the shoes is one word: HOPE.

James gives the gift of HOPE

Emily loves her Ruby Slippers

Grandma & Papa hang out with Stitch

There really are no words to describe how sweet and special this thoughtful gift is. When Emily was diagnosed, she wasn’t walking at all. Today, she’s back on her feet, and one day, sooner than we can imagine, Emily will fit these shoes properly and wear these soles right through. Thank you, James, for giving all of us a reminder of the hope we carry in our hearts.

HOPE: A sweet reminder of how far Emily will go

Another friend came to visit Emily and the Loves this week, and this friend gets to stay. Little Stitch now has a Lilo to stay by her side. Kevin Cameron, a high school friend of Christina’s, army veteran and owner of Alpha K9, donated a fully trained therapy-service dog to Emily this week. Named Lilo, this beautiful black Belgian Malinois gets to be Emily’s constant companion as well as a best friend to the entire Love clan!

Kevin brings Lilo home

Lilo & Stitch

Praise the Lord for the healing He brought Emily in this round of treatment and the special people He has used to shower Emily with love. She is doing splendid this week. No more mouth sores or bum deterioration. Her blood counts are all good and she is scheduled for her last round of high-dose Methotrexate next Friday, August 10th.

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8 responses to “Ruby Slippers & a Lilo for our Stitch

  1. What an uplifting post….thank you for sharing all the good news.

  2. Ah! This entry made me cry! Thank you, Heavenly Father for such a fine report! Your hand of mercy is amazingly awesome!

    One thing (or how about FACT!) that I found REAL during my treatment, God hears our cries, our collective cries for peace, comfort and mercy – can you even try to imagine going through this without our faith in Christ?

    Lilo will be an absolutely wonderful addition to the Love family! What a kind and thoughtful gesture of your friend! My mini schnauzer, Madaline, could not be with me during my treatment but the thought of her brought me such comfort. My daughter would send me pictures of my Madaline.

    Blessings all around! To Grandma and Grandpa, too!

    Cyndi Heath
    http://advocateofhope.wordpree.com

  3. Tears of joy over this post! Continuing to pray for you all and praising God with you for each and every bit of good news.

  4. Yay!! I was so excited when I was reading this post! Such good news! I’m so glad that Emily is doing so well! I will continue praying for each treatment to come out like this! 🙂 Please give Emily hugs for me! 🙂

  5. PRIASE THE LORD IS RIGHT! WHAT A LONG JOURNEY YOU HAVE BEEN ON, AND OUR LORD HAS BEEN WITH YOU THE WHOLE WAY. THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING US TO WATCH AND PRAY! I LOVE THE PICTURES!!!

  6. What a wonderful update! I love Lilo! That is so cool, what a gift!

  7. What an AWESOME GOD we have!
    Maria

  8. Wow, just awesome! Great news, and the Lilo story is heart-warming, and the ruby “HOPE” slippers … best gift I’ve ever heard of!

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